The hampers are deep and wide with steel hardware and that gorgeous Sapele finish reminding you everyday that this is a top-notch luxury truck camper.
The driver’s side the cabover features a deep hanging closet that extends below the mattress line, and two more hampers.
Last October I reviewed a 2017 Northern Lite 10-2 CD Special Edition. One of the only criticisms I was able to find in that camper was a ceiling liner that was not fully applied in the cabover. In a few areas, the liner appeared to be not fully adhered to the underlying insulation and fiberglass shell.
I’m very happy to report that the ceiling liner in the 8-11 EX was absolutely perfect. I could find no ripples in the liner as we did in the 10-2 last year. The ceiling liner in this camper was tight and flawless.
I do want to encourage Northern Lite to stop using gimp throughout their campers. While I understand that gimp is a very efficient way to hide seams, there has to be way to rid this material from what is otherwise a high-end furniture grade aesthetic and quality. Don’t rest on your laurels Northern Lite. Keep setting the bar.
|Water Heater||6 gallons|
|Propane Tanks||2x 20 pounds|
The holding tank capacities for the 8-11 EX are 33 gallons fresh, 24 gallons grey, and 12 gallons black. The only difference here between the 8-11 EX and 8-11 is the black tank. The 8-11 EX black tank is one gallon less than the 8-11 due to design adjustments for the dry bath.
Above: The dump valve and low water drain compartment features a LED light
From experience, the 33 gallon fresh tank and 24 gallon grey tank would last us (two adults) about 5 to 6 days of short navy showers and careful water conservation. The 12 gallon black tank would last us between 4 and 5 days. As such, the black tank would be the limiting factor.
The 6-gallon hot water heater, two 20-pound propane tanks, and two batteries are the perfect balance of capacity for a luxury short bed truck camper. If we were in charge, all full-size hard side truck campers would have exactly this set of amenities.
The 20-pound propane tanks can be exchanged just about anywhere coast-to-coast including big box hardware stores, gas stations, and grocery stores. We particularly appreciate how 20-pound tanks are relatively easy to lift and position, unlike their 30-pound cousins.
Together with the all-LED lighting and standard 95-watt solar panel, the two batteries in the 8-11 EX make for a very respectful electrical system. Those who need or want more power could add an additional solar panel, and/or upgrade to the best Group 27 AGMs for additional charging and amp hours. We have had Interstate AGMs for two and a half years and love their performance.